Kinniburgh: Poppies will give it everything

Kettering Town captain Steve Kinniburgh, seen here celebrating Henry Eze's winner against Daventry, says his team will do all they can to win promotion in Monday's play-off final. Picture by Alison Bagley
Kettering Town captain Steve Kinniburgh, seen here celebrating Henry Eze's winner against Daventry, says his team will do all they can to win promotion in Monday's play-off final. Picture by Alison Bagley
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Kettering Town captain Steve Kinniburgh says he and his team-mates will “leave nothing in the dressing-room” when they go for promotion on Monday afternoon.

The Poppies are gearing up for the Calor League Division One Central play-off final against Slough Town at Latimer Park.

The match will be played to a finish on the day after Kettering beat Daventry Town 1-0 in their semi-final on Tuesday night while Slough were 3-0 winners at Rugby Town.

And, with a place in next season’s Premier Division on offer, skipper Kinniburgh insists the Poppies will give it “everything we have got” to finish the job.

He said: “We just have to go again, it is a one-off game and we have to give it everything we have got like we did on Tuesday.

“We have to leave nothing in the dressing-room and take it all on the pitch. If we can defend well then we believe we have enough quality to cause anyone problems.

“There wasn’t a great deal between the top five teams so I certainly wasn’t surprised that Slough won at Rugby.

“Maybe it was a case of Rugby underestimating them but it was very tight at the top of the league all season and we didn’t get back into the play-off places until the latter stages.

“We believe we can do it but we have got to take it on the pitch and we have got to do it on the day.”

Another big attendance is expected at Latimer Park for the final as Kettering earned home advantage by finishing third in the league table while Slough ended up in the final play-off spot.

Over 1,400 were on hand to witness a tense encounter between the Poppies and Daventry on Tuesday.

And Kinniburgh believes his team has enough experience to deal with another huge occasion.

He added: “The crowds we have been getting recently just show how big this club is.

“I hear people saying players are only here for this reason or that reason but they are here because they want to play in front of these big crowds.

“It will be big again on Monday and it is bound to be a bit nervy again but you have to deal with that.

“We have some experienced players who have been in big games before and they have to bring that with them.”

Stay tuned to this website for all the latest news as we build up to Kettering Town’s play-off final with Slough Town